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Building site

UK contractor finances ‘unsustainable’ as margins fall

19 Sep 14

KPMG study finds main contractors suffering tightening margins and declining cash levels despite upturn

CCS logo

CCS registration competition

19 Sep 14

Your company could win a year’s registration with the Considerate Constructors Scheme, worth up to £1,500

Construction appointments: 19 September 2014

19 Sep 14

Lend Lease, Ryden and Haworth Estates are among the firms announcing promotions and appointments this week

Thames

Government gives Thames ‘super-sewer’ go-ahead

19 Sep 14

Ministers conclude there is “on balance a good case” for £4bn Thames tunnel, but project could yet face legal challenges

Data

Global infrastructure: Aviation

Global infrastructure: Aviation

18 Sep 14

What can cost, time and functional metrics tell you about delivering a capital programme in the aviation sector? David Crewe of Turner & Townsend explains why it makes sense to reach beyond the traditional measures of development efficiency

More data

Features

The class of 2014

The class of 2014: Consultants and engineers

19 September 2014

What made our consultants and engineers choose construction and what can we learn from them about recruiting new talent?

The class of 2014

The class of 2014: Architects

18 Sep 14

What made our architects choose construction and what can we learn from them about recruiting new talent?

The class of 2014

The class of 2014: Contractors and housebuilders

17 Sep 14

What made our contractors and housebuilders choose construction and what can we learn from them about recruiting new talent?

Crane

Agenda 15: The next phase

19 Sep 14

As the party conference season approaches, Building is now ready to unveil the next stage of its Agenda 15 campaign to create a manifesto for construction for the next parliament.

Cameron conference

Party time

19 Sep 14

As we approach the last party conference season before the general election, Building offers a guide to where each party stands on construction issues

Projects

South Bank Tower

South Bank Tower: Coming out on top

16 Sep 14

Faced with the task of adding an extra 11 storeys to its structure, the engineering team working on London’s South Bank Tower have found a way to extend its height without additional foundations or a dramatic redesign

Hansom

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Hansom: Know the score

19 Sep 14

A US construction giant celebrates the opening of Spartak Moscow’s new football stadium, the Australian prime minister goes to live in the Outback and there’s some sterling charity work being done across the sector

Project news

Chester Cultural Centre - Bennetts Associates

Green light for £37m Chester cultural centre

22 Sep 14

Bennetts Associates-designed £37m Cultural Centre in Chester wins planning permission

Sheffield - new Era

Plans unveiled for new tower in Sheffield

19 Sep 14

Chinese backed-scheme to provide student accommodation and business space is designed by architect Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson

Southbank

Southbank Centre strikes deal with skateboarders

19 Sep 14

Skateboarders will continue to use undercroft and in return all parties agree to drop legal action to wider £120m revamp

Brighton Sign

Go-ahead for £100m Brighton Circus West scheme

18 Sep 14

Development Securities and McLaren get green light for redevelopment of city centre market

Theatr Bryn Terfel

Miller’s problem theatre job months behind schedule

18 Sep 14

Contractor’s delayed Bangor theatre job now set to complete “by the end of November”

southampton docks

Southampton pressing ahead with major schemes

18 Sep 14

City council leader reveals progress on long-awaited developments

Sketch of the week

SOTW1909

Sketch of the week: the recession rollercoaster

19 Sep 14

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Soham De, an architectural assistant and urban designer at architecture and design firm Paul Davis + Partners

Comment

Joey Gardiner

It's time to put your ideas to the politicians

19 Sep 14 | By Joey Gardiner

Help us shape Building’s Agenda 15 manifesto

Sarah Richardson

Changing preconceptions

19 Sep 14 | By Sarah Richardson

A positive external image of the sector will go a long way to bringing in fresh talent 

Debbie Aplin

Boosting brownfield

19 Sep 14 | By Debbie Aplin

Is the government offering enough of an incentive for local authorities and private sector developers with its brownfield housing initiative?

Products

From the archive

Graduates Sept 09

This week in 2009

19 Sep 14

Five years ago Building spoke to the graduates struggling to find work in the sector

CPD

Curtain walling remains a popular choice for London’s commercial developments

CPD 23 2014: High-performance insulation for curtain wall facades

17 Sep 14

The facade is one of the key elements governing the thermal performance of office buildings, which can be undermined by large expanses of glazing. This CPD module, sponsored by Dow Corning, examines two solutions

Legal

Aine McCartney

Chain of indemnity

17 Sep 14 | By Aine McCartney, Thomas McElligot

A look at a case where an indemnity clause was found to be applicable despite the beneficiary being at fault

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